From May 6 to 19, the Film Society of Lincoln Center presents Taiwan Stories: Classic and Contemporary Film from Taiwan, a survey of the ever-surprising Taiwanese Cinema, at the Walter Reade Theater. On Saturday, May 7 at 4pm there will be a conference on “Filmmaking in Taiwan: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” in the Walter Reade Theater. Admission to the conference is complimentary. Tickets are only available at the Walter Reade Theater’s box office, on a first-come, first-served basis. The series, co-sponsored by the Government Information Office of Taiwan, is held as part of a year’s worth of events to be held around the world celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Republic of China.
Co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Government Information Office of the Republic of China (Taiwan), with cooperation from the Chinese Taipei Film Archive and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York.
FILMS & SCREENING TIMES
A Time to Live, A Time to Die
Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1985
Sat May 7: 8:45 pm | Sun May 15: 4:15 pm
The peerless director’s early masterpiece draws on closely observed autobiographical detail for a transporting, unhurried portrait of provincial life. New York Film Festival 1985.
A Touch of Zen
King Hu, 1969
Fri May 13: 8:10 pm | Sun May 15: 7:00 pm | Thu May 19: 1:30 pm
From the original master of the martial-arts movie comes this Cannes festival award-winner, a contemplative classic about a poor scholar’s quest for experience.
Li Xing, 1971
Tue May 10: 4:00 pm | Wed May 11: 8:15 pm
Condemned to death, a rich young wastrel in the Han Dynasty waits months for his execution, leading his grandmother to plot a marriage for him.
Beauty of Beauties
Li Hanxiang, 1965
Sun May 8: 8:00 pm | Thu May 12: 8:30 pm
In this spectacular historical epic, a gorgeous villager is sent to the king’s palace to foment palace intrigue at the behest of a conquered rival.
Cape No. 7
Wei Tei-Sheng, 2008
Sat May 7: 6:15 pm | Fri May 13: 1:00 pm
In Wei’s box-office smash, a singer turned postman finds love and music in a seaside town thanks to a cache of love letters and an impromptu concert gig.
Early Train From Taipei
Liang Zhefu, 1964
Mon May 9: 2:00 pm | Tue May 10: 6:15 pm
An innocent country girl who goes to the big city gets chewed up and re-made and chewed up again in Liang’s lurid melodrama. Featuring contemporary Taiwanese pop.
Home Sweet Home
Pai Ching-jui, 1970
Wed May 11: 4:00 pm | Sun May 15: 2:00 pm
Pai’s extraordinary ensemble story of homecoming uses different styles and split screens in tracing the fates of 15 characters after their plane lands in Taipei.
In Our Time
Tao Dechen, Edward Yang, Ko Yi-cheng, Chan Yi, 1982
Thu May 12: 1:00 pm | Thu May 12: 6:15 pm
Edward Yang (director of Yi Yi) directed one of the four episodes in this nuanced omnibus that helped inaugurate the New Taiwan Cinema.
Chen Yu-Hsun, Hou Chi-jan, Shen Ko-Shang, 2010
Sat May 7: 1:30 pm | Wed May 18: 4:00 pm
Delving into the darker side of romance, these three reinterpretations of Shakespeare’s tragic heroine span the 1970s, 1980s, and today.
Kuei-Mei, a Woman
Chang Yi, 1985
Thu May 12: 3:45 pm | Sat May 14: 5:45 pm
After leaving the mainland, a woman weathers a lousy husband and the trials of work. Starring Yang Huey-sian, who’s been called “Taiwan’s Meryl Streep.”
Doze Niu, 2010
Fri May 13: 3:30 pm | Sat May 14: 8:15 pm
This stylish, wildly popular gangster epic, set in 1980s Taiwan at the end of the military dictatorship, follows Mosquito’s coming-of-age through turf wars and more.
Our Neighbors aka Head of Street, End of Lane
Li Xing, 1963
Sun May 8: 6:10 pm | Mon May 9: 4:00 pm
Li’s warm urban portrait of a garbageman takes a neorealist approach, using location shooting as it draws out a slum’s sense of community.
Li Xing , Li Jia, 1964
Fri May 6: 4:10 pm | Sun May 8: 1:30 pm
This strong example of so-called “healthy realism” unpretentiously details seaside life through the tale of a woman whose widowed father wants a high dowry.
Rebels of the Neon God
Tsai Ming-liang, 1992
Fri May 6: 2:00 pm | Tue May 17: 6:15 pm
One of Taiwan’s modern masters, Tsai Ming-liang, debuted with this gritty tale of teens negotiating the haunting spaces, physical and psychological, of modern city life.
Rouge of the North
Fred Tan, 1988
Tue May 17: 4:00 pm | Tue May 17: 8:20 pm
Married off to a rich man, a woman gets an unsentimental education in a backstabbing household, in Fred Tan’s exquisitely designed, clear-eyed, dark melodrama.
Story of Mother
Song Cunshou, 1972
Wed May 11: 2:00 pm | Fri May 13: 6:15 pm | Wed May 18: 8:30 pm
After a young free-spirited mother abandons her dying husband for her lover, the infidelity still rankles their son, in Song’s wrenching and unusual scenario.
Chen Wen-tang, 2009
Wed May 18: 1:45 pm | Wed May 18: 6:15 pm
A detective investigating a girl’s overdose decides to dig deeper and encounters an innocent-seeming university student who may have a dark side.
The Fourth Portrait
Chung Mong-Hong, 2010
Fri May 6: 6:30 pm | Sun May 8: 3:30 pm
An orphan ends up with a prostitute foster mother and tries to stay on track in Chung’s award-winning mix of art house aesthetics and family drama.
The Peach Blossom Land
Stan Lai, 1992
Fri May 6: 9:00 pm | Tue May 17: 1:45 pm
This clever comedy about conflicting theater troupes marked the auspicious film debut of noted playwright Stan Lai. Cinematography by Christopher Doyle. With Brigitte Lin.
The Silent Wife
Li Xing, 1965
Tue May 10: 2:00 pm | Tue May 10: 8:00 pm | Wed May 11: 6:15 pm
Stalwart filmmaker Li scored a box-office hit with this romance of self-sacrifice about a virtuous mute, adapted from a work by the wildly popular Qiong Yao.